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Where to stay in Lagos, Portugal

LAGOS, PORTUGAL, : Cliffs of Ponta da Piedade, , in Lagos, algarve, portugal

The Algarve is a magical place to go on holiday, and Lagos is one of my favourite destinations there. Situated on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve is the Portuguese version of the Costa del Sol; sunny, touristy, and perfect for a laid-back vacation.

Lagos is a small city in the western part of the Algarve, a little more relaxed than the bustling towns of Faro and Albufeira. It has a heavy footfall of tourists, but many of them are Portuguese and European (in other parts of the Algarve, you get more tourists from around the world). The city is still quite contained within the Old Town, but there are smaller areas and suburbs along the coast if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. 

Despite its fairly small size, there is a huge range of things to do in Lagos. From cave tours by boat to jeep safaris, there is something for everyone. Lagos also has a huge marina that is both beautiful to admire and incredibly useful.

Tour companies line up down the dock, offering you experiences you’d never even have thought of. It’s also full of lovely bars and restaurants, so it’s a win if you’re not sure what you’re looking for! Lagos also has many incredible beaches, adjoined by unique rock formations carved by treacherous Atlantic waves and the soft limestone that makes up a large part of the Algarve coastline.

We will cover off all types of Lagos accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Lagos hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Lagos Portugal 2023, the best Lagos hotels, best places in Lagos to visit, the best places to stay in Lagos, hotels near Lagos attractions, Lagos neighborhood guide and many more.

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Lagos Old TownWhere to stay in Lagos Portugal for the Culture

Lagos Old Town, also known as the historical centre of Lagos, has existed since the 15th century. This is quite apparent in the nature of the winding streets and the city’s mediaeval architecture, as well as the city walls built to keep out invading Moorish and European pirates. There is an abundance of patterned tiles, both on the streets and buildings, quintessentially Portuguese and beautiful to admire. Staying in Lagos Old Town is almost like going back in time.

Right there in the centre you can also find the Arab-built Castelo de Lagos and an impressive number of other historical sites. For such a small city centre, Lagos has a lot to offer, and the Old Town is a great place to stay if you want to see a lot and walk a little. You’ll find several impressively-decorated churches (thanks to the riches of returning explorers who would pray there before their departure), amuseum documenting the first slave market in Europe, and even a real fortress right there on the sea front.

As well as great access to so many historical wonders, you also have a vibrant array of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on your doorstep, and immediate access to the beach. There is no shortage of apartments and hotels in Old Town Lagos.

Where to Stay in Lagos Old Town

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Lagos Old Town
Topcity Hostel & Suites
Lagos City Center Guest House & Hostel
The White Butterfly

Budget Hotels in Lagos Old Town
Hotel Mar Azul
Old School Guest House
Lagos Charming House
Estudios Montinhos Da Luz

Mid range Hotels in Lagos Old Town
Hotel Marina Rio
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Vila Luz
Vila Gale Lagos

Family Friendly Hotels in Lagos Old Town
Cascade Wellness Resort
Tivoli Lagos Hotel
Costa D’oiro Ambiance Village
Marina Club Lagos Resort

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lagos Old Town
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Palmares Beach House Hotel adults Only
Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Fazenda Viegas

Sunrise ancient town centre of Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Lagos MarinaWhere to stay in Lagos Portugal for a Touristy Vibe

As you may have guessed from the name, Lagos Marina is perfect for anyone who wants to be close to the action, but especially in boating and watersports. The marina is beautiful, and in a great location, just ten minutes walk from the Old Town and close to several beaches.

Here you have a great range of hotels for any budget, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere to go along with them. Behind the rows of tour guides waiting to take you on your next adventure are a huge range of open, glass-front restaurants, so you’ll get the view whether you sit inside or out. Great for breakfast or a laid-back lunch, you can soak up everything Lagos has to offer from the top of this towering building. By night, Lagos Marina becomes a little more stylish, with many of the bars offering cocktails and live music. 

Where to Stay in Lagos Marina

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Lagos Marina
Residencial Solar
Casa Sousa
Suntrap Hostel
Caravela

Budget Hotels in Lagos Marina
Lagos Downtown Guesthouse
LC’s Guest House
Muralha House
Old School Guest House

Mid range Hotels in Lagos Marina
Hotel Marina Rio
Guest House Lovely Swan
Casa Luma
Casinha D’Avo Guesthouse

Family Friendly Hotels in Lagos Marina
Sensations Guesthouse
Hotel Mar Azul
Muralha House
Marina Club Lagos Resort

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lagos Marina
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Atalaia Sol Aparthotel
Fazenda Viegas
Cascade Wellness Resort

Lagos, Portugal. People walking through the Marina of the city of Lagos in Portugal in the Algarve.

Batata Beach – Where to stay in Lagos Portugal for Nightlife

Batata Beach (Praia de Batata) is the closest beach to Lagos Old Town, meaning that although it is quite small, it sees the most action. If you want to get in on late nights and beach parties, Batata Beach is the perfect area for you. Packed with beach bars, shops and tourist-tailored restaurants, it will completely fulfil your expectations of an inner city beach. In addition, it’s so close to the rest of Lagos that you can easily explore the Old Town and the Marina within easy walking distance.

During the day, Praia de Batata boasts idyllic sandy beaches and the incredible cliff views you’ll come to expect of the Algarve. The waters on this beach are unusually calm, too, thanks to the shape of the bay which protects you from the strong Atlantic current. This lends itself to days of stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkelling, if you’re not too tired from the late nights.

Of course, having everything you could want so close to the city centre does come with its disadvantages. This beach gets very busy, especially during the summer, which isn’t everyone’s idea of heaven. Prices are generally a little higher than in surrounding areas, too, but it’s all worth it if Praia de Batata has what you’re looking for in an Algarve vacation.

Where to Stay in Batata Beach

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Batata Beach
Lagos City Center Guest House & Hostel
Topcity Hostel & Suites
The White Butterfly

Budget Hotels in Batata Beach
HI Lagos – Pousada de Juventude
Old School Guest House
Hotel Mar Azul
WOT Lagos Montemar

Mid range Hotels in Batata Beach
Aparthotel Pinhao
Casa Luma
Cascade Wellness Resort
Iberlagos Apartments

Family Friendly Hotels in Batata Beach
Villa Doris Suites
Dona Ana Garden
Holiday Lagos
Costa D’oiro Ambiance Village

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Batata Beach
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos
Palmares Beach House Hotel adults Only

Beautiful Summer day at Praia da Batata, Lagos, Portugal. Lots of people, tourists and locals bathing in the sun, and swimming in the blue and green pure ocean water.

Meia Praia BeachWhere to stay in Lagos Portugal with Family

Meia Praia is one of the longest beaches in the area, stretching over 4 kilometres! It is just north of Lagos, a four minute train or ten minute bus ride away (or just under an hour’s walk, if you’re feeling active!). Away from the hustle and bustle of the city and designed for tourists, this area is perfect for young families, or anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday. There is also a range of activities in this area, including Parque Aventura Lagos, an adventure park for families.

The beach itself is lined with a peaceful promenade, on which you’ll find bars, shops and cafes set amongst masses of sweet-smelling trees and greenery. The curved shape of the bay also protects the waters here from harsh waves, and they are manned with lifeguards during the summer. The water is shallow and gets gradually steeper with no sudden drops. Not only does this give you peace of mind taking children onto the beach, it also offers ideal conditions for snorkelling and paddle boarding, especially for the little ones!

Behind Meia Praia beach you’ll find the suburb of Meia Praia, full of luxurious high-rise hotels and holiday apartment lets. Just like the rest of Lagos, this area is incredibly safe and well lit at night.

Where to Stay in Meia Praia beach

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Meia Praia beach
Caravela
Residencial Solar
Suntrap Hostel
Topcity Hostel & Suites

Budget Hotels in Meia Praia beach
Hotel Mar Azul
Bora Dormir
Old School Guest House
Muralha House

Mid range Hotels in Meia Praia beach
Dom Pedro Lagos
Vila Gale Lagos
Hotel Marina Rio
Guest House Lovely Swan

Family Friendly Hotels in Meia Praia beach
Marina Club Lagos Resort
Tivoli Lagos Hotel
Aparthotel Pinhao
Iberlagos Apartments

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Meia Praia beach
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Palmares Beach House Hotel adults Only

Aerial view of beautiful Meia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal at morning

Dona Ana BeachWhere to stay in Lagos Portugal for A Bit of Everything

Although smaller than Meia Praia, Dona Ana Beach (Praia Dona Ana) may be mightier. This is where you’ll find the incredible towering limestone cliffs and fierce Atlantic waves that this end of the Algarve is known for. Depending on the time of year the waves can be fairly tame, or they can be big enough to attract professional surfers, so beware that around here it is occasionally too dangerous to get into the water! 

This beach is only accessible by a steep set of stairs, so Dona Ana gets 10/10 for views and adventures, but doesn’t score so well on accessibility.

Praia Dona Ana is also a great area to stay in if you want easy access to the outdoors. Many hiking trails will take you this side of Lagos, and it is also a little closer to the famous Ponta da Piedade. Although it’s outside of the city centre, it is quite touristy, meaning there are still plenty of activities, bars and restaurants to do around this area.

All in all, Dona Ana is a great all-rounder!

Where to Stay in Dona Ana Beach  

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Dona Ana Beach
Olive Hostel
The White Butterfly

Budget Hotels in Dona Ana Beach
WOT Lagos Montemar
Lagos City Center Guest House & Hostel
HI Lagos – Pousada de Juventude
Lagos Charming House

Mid range Hotels in Dona Ana Beach
Villas D. Dinis
Dom Manuel Hotel
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
Vila Branca by Agua Hotels

Family Friendly Hotels in Dona Ana Beach
Iberlagos Apartments
Villa Doris Suites
Dona Ana Garden
Costa D’oiro Ambiance Village

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Dona Ana Beach
Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos
Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Lagos Avenida Hotel

Landscape with Dona Ana beach at Algarve coast in Portugal

Camilo Beach – Where to stay in Lagos Portugal for the Outdoors

Camilo beach is less than half an hours’ walk outside of Lagos Old Town, around half way between the city centre and Ponta da Piedade. Again, thanks to the luxurious landscape of Lagos, the beach here is only accessible by a steep (slightly precarious looking) staircase, home to almost 200 steps!

It’s all worth it to reach the secluded turquoise waters and stunning natural surroundings of Praia do Camilo, but this area is definitely for the more active amongst travellers.

It also joins many others in the well-known group of small beaches along this coast that are connected by tunnels and archways burrowed into the limestone. You can duck through passages and emerge onto the next beach, and then another, and then another. It is a truly magical experience, but watch out for the tides before you go!

This area is great if you’re looking to get outdoors and keep away from the busy city centre, whilst keeping close proximity to the amenities.

Where to Stay in Camilo beach

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Camilo beach
Ocean View
Topcity Hostel & Suites
Olive Hostel

Budget Hotels in Camilo beach
Lagos Charming House
Lagos City Center Guest House & Hostel
Sensations Guesthouse
Riomar

Mid range Hotels in Camilo beach
Costa D’oiro Ambiance Village
Dona Ana Garden
Villas D. Dinis
Villa Doris Suites

Family Friendly Hotels in Camilo beach
Cascade Wellness Resort
Vila Branca by Agua Hotels
Lagos Atlantic HotelBelmar Spa & Beach Resort

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Camilo beach
Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Atalaia Sol Aparthotel
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Holiday Lagos

Camilo Beach in Lagos, Algarve - Portugal. Portuguese southern golden coast cliffs. Tourists on the beach. Sunny day aerial view.

Porto de Mós – Where to stay in Lagos Portugal for Surfing

Porto de Mós is a village just outside of Lagos, with direct access to one of the Algarve’s best surfing beaches. With the strong winds and waves coming in from the Atlantic (that I can’t seem to stop mentioning) this long, secluded section of beach is perfect for surfers from beginners to advanced. You can also swim in this area, depending on the size of the waves, take a kayak tour, or even do a clifftop hiking trail.

There is plenty in Porto de Mós, including restaurants, hotels, all-inclusives and shops, meaning you won’t have to venture into Lagos every time you want to buy something. There is also a shop where you can rent equipment to do watersports, an amazing viewpoint, and even a restaurant overlooking the incredible view.

Although it would be difficult to walk into Lagos from here, a regular bus service will take you into the city and taxis are not expensive.

Where to Stay in Porto de Mós

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Porto de Mós
Ocean View

Budget Hotels in Porto de Mós
Lagos Charming House
WOT Lagos Montemar
Sensations Guesthouse

Mid range Hotels in Porto de Mós
Villa Doris Suites
Iberlagos Apartments
Lagos Atlantic Hotel
Aparthotel Pinhao

Family Friendly Hotels in Porto de Mós
Vila Branca by Agua Hotels
Holiday Lagos
Costa D’oiro Ambiance Village
Giramar Apartamentos Turisticos

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Porto de Mós
Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
Atalaia Sol Aparthotel
Fazenda Viegas
Lagos Avenida Hotel

Porto de Mos Beach in Lagos Algarve Portugal

 

 

Alvor – Where to stay in Lagos Portugal in the Suburbs

Alvor is a small suburb outside of Lagos, on the other side of the bay from Meia Praia. As well as being well-connected to Lagos, Alvor has its own historical town centre, complete with a castle! Alvor is quieter and more relaxed than Lagos, and relatively untouched by tourists. That being said, it does have strong connections to Portimão as well as Lagos, meaning as long as you’re willing to travel, you’ll never be short of something to do.

There are two great beaches in Alvor; Praia do Alvor, within walking distance of the historical centre, and Praia dos Três Trmãos, (three brothers’ beach), slightly further towards Portimão. Praia do Alvor is just one long stretch of white beach, perfect for a day relaxing or taking part in watersports. Praia dos Três Irmãos is more secluded, and has yet more of the typical limestone cliff faces the Algarve is known for.

Where to Stay in Alvor

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Alvor
Ria Hostel Alvor

Budget Hotels in Alvor
Pestana Dom Joao Villas
Pestana Alvor South Beach
Pelican Alvor
Pestana Alvor Atlantico Beach Resort

Mid range Hotels in Alvor
Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel
Pestana Alvor Park Hotel
Alvor Kitecenter Guesthouse
Agua Hotels Alvor Jardim

Family Friendly Hotels in Alvor
Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort
Pestana Alvor Praia
Apartamentos Santa Teresinha

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Alvor
Vila Marachique
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Beach and coastal scenery at Praia dos Tres Irmaos in Alvor in the Algarve in Portugal

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